The Shakers will take to the pitch at the Energy Check Stadium at Gigg Lane on Saturday afternoon with their heads held high, after a valiant performance at Nottingham Forest on Tuesday evening.
Ryan Lowe’s side lost out on the lottery of penalties, after a 1-1 draw at the City Ground.
Eoghan O’Connell had given Bury an early lead, but a last-gasp equaliser in the 93rd minute saw the game go straight to a penalty shoot-out. After an epic and nail-biting exchange of penalties, the hosts were victorious, scoring ten of their penalties to Bury’s nine.
Ryan Lowe was proud of his side’s display, and is looking for them to replicate the performance this Saturday: “Coops (Mark Cooper) will have them playing the right way, they’ve had some good results. He’ll have them fired up, they’ve got some decent players and made some good signings.
“We know what they’ll be about so our attention now turns to Forest Green and we want to implement what we’ve done on Saturday gone (against Mk Dons) and tonight and bring it to fruition on Saturday”.
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Overseas subscribers can watch the match live by following the same instructions. We will also have updates over on our Twitter account: @buryfcofficial. There will be post-match reaction on the website, iFollow and our official YouTube channel, with highlights to follow.
Saturday’s referee is John Busby. John officiated 43 games in 2017/18 and issued a total of 110 yellow cards and 4 red ones. So far this season, John has taken charge of 3 matches, issuing a total of 6 yellow cards. His last game in charge was Tuesday’s Carabao Cup match at Stadium:MK as hosts MK Dons beat Charlton Athletic 3-0. Just the one yellow card was issued in the game.
We Haven’t Met Before
Saturday’s game will be the first-ever meeting between the two sides. Forest Green were founded in 1889, plying their trade at County level. As recently as 1989, they changed their name to Stroud FC, however this lasted for just 3 years as they reverted back to Forest Green Rovers in 1992.
In 2015, they became the first certified vegan team in the world, and gained Football League status in May 2017 with a 3-1 victory over Tranmere Rovers in the National League Play-Off Final at Wembley.